Welcome to Te Āpiti

Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is a national taonga. Its unique geography and rich cultural history make it a must do for any trip to the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.

Car parks at the Ashhurst end to the west and Ferry Reserve to the east provide ease of access to a number of tracks and trails, as well as river reserves, and camping and BBQ facilities to help you explore and enjoy this unique landscape.



Te Ara a Mahurangi mountain bike track maintenance has been completed however, we ask you to please avoid riding the track after heavy rain until it settles.

CHANGE TO CARPARK HOURS FOR ACCESS:  Summer access hours for the temporary carpark at the Ashhurst end of the Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge walking track have changed slightly.

The carpark is open from 5am to 9pm during October through to April.  Previously the summer closing time was 10pm.

The gates at the intersection of Napier Rd and Fitzherbert East Rd will be locked from 9pm from now on, and members of the public are asked to please ensure they vacate the area before this time.

The winter opening hours of 6am to 7pm between May and September remain, and this does not impact access to the track from the Woodville end.

Explore before you visit te apiti - 3D Map
Ngā kōrero tuku iho mō Te Āpiti

The cultural history of Te Āpiti

Māori kōrero is filled with legends that show Aotearoa through spirits, magic and mysticism. The legend of Te Āpiti is no exception. Its story is filled with supernatural beings, curiosities of nature, and a connection to the land that goes far beyond what can be explained.